Dance Theatre to Present Fall Concert Nov. 12-15

Eastern Kentucky University’s Dance Theatre will present its fall concert Nov. 12-15 in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. nightly, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Nov. 15. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 general admission and free for children under 12 (reservations still needed for children) and are available at the Whitlock Building ticket window or by calling 859-622-2171 Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The concert offers a variety of dance forms, including Modern/Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Clogging. Five student choreographers, two faculty members and four alumni have created pieces that “vary from sheer entertainment to issues that touch our hearts,” said Director Dr. Marianne McAdam. “We are really excited to bring back four of our favorite dancers from the past to create a vast variety of work.”

Zach Schoner’s piece depicts “willing test subjects as they are about to undergo an experiment that will radically change them … for the better,” while Naomi Day Hamilton makes the audience consider “the absurdity of our daily hustle and bustle” in a contemporary piece entitled “Jaywalking.”

The group has also resurrected Kelly Alsip Fischer’s 1997 piece entitled “Speak to Me,” “a beautiful, soulful dance” using a song from the “Color Purple" and reminiscent of Ailey’s “Revelations.” Abby Day Fowler is bringing her “magic touch” to a country western-style clogging piece using “Timber” by Ke$ha and Pitbull.

McAdam said students will relate easily to Savannah Turpin’s dance, “which deals with our tendency to give up on a good relationship because of trust issues.” Peyton Hammonds, Courtney Rader and Paige Peltier deal with issues ranging, respectively, “from the weight of our everyday burdens, losing ourselves, to accepting ourselves for who we are with all of our imperfections.” Lucy Link’s piece adds to the variety with her own version of “Money” from the musical “Cabaret.”

“You won’t want to miss our youngest member of Dance Theatre, who is not quite 2 years old,” McAdam said, “in a piece about all the things that might go on at night when she should be sleeping.  The piece, by faculty members McAdam and Katrina Martir, is “both comical and heartwarming.” Martir has also choreographed an “entertaining” hip hop piece that “celebrates a woman’s power to run the world.”

“Overall,” McAdam said, “this is an excellent concert in theme, performance and choreography.”

Published on October 27, 2014

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